Laurens van Apeldoorn
Assistant Professor, University College & Institute of Philosophy, Leiden University.

I’m an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and a member of the Centre for Political Philosophy at Leiden University, the Netherlands. I specialise in contemporary political theory and early modern political thought. My research is broadly focused on the nature and prospects of the sovereign state. My recent historical research is on the political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes. My recent contemporary research concerns international taxation in relation to global justice. I have been O’Brien Fellow in Residence at the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, McGill University, and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto. I've also held visiting appointments at the University of Montreal, King’s College London, and the University of Leuven.

Photograph by Lysanne Larose, Montreal (2017).
DPhil Political Theory, Nuffield College, University of Oxford.
International Taxation

‘A Sceptic's Guide to Justice in International Tax Policy’, Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence, forthcoming 2019.

‘Exploitation, International Taxation, and Global Justice’, Review of Social Economy, forthcoming 2018.

‘Taxing Where Value is Created’, Florida Tax Review 22 (2018) (with A. Christians).

BEPS, Tax Sovereignty and Global Justice’, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 21:4 (2018), 478-499. PDF

The OECD Inclusive FrameworkBulletin for International Taxation 72:4/5 (2018) (with A. Christians). PDF

International Taxation and the Erosion of Sovereignty’, in P. Dietsch & T. Rixen (eds.), Global Tax Governance Colchester: ECPR Press, 2016, 215-230. PDF

Early Modern Philosophy

‘Property in Hobbes's On the Citizen’, in R. Douglass & J. Olsthoorn (eds.), Hobbes's 'On the Citizen': A Critical Guide, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018.

‘Hobbes on Evil’, in T. Nys & S. De Wijze (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Evil, London: Routledge, forthcoming 2018.

Hobbes on Politics and Religion (ed. with R. Douglass), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.

"The Nutrition of a Commonwealth": On Hobbes’s Economic Thought’, in J. Bek-Thomsen et al. (eds.), History of Economic Rationalities Dordrecht: Springer, 2017, 21-30. PDF

Hobbes and the Scientific Study of the Human Mind’, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, 97:3 (2015), 308-333. PDF

Rationality and Freedom in Hobbes’s Theory of Action’, History of European Ideas 40:5 (2014), 603-621. PDF

Reconsidering Hobbes’s Account of Practical Deliberation’, Hobbes Studies 25:2 (2012), 143-165. PDF

I’m a co-founding member of the European Hobbes Society. Robin Douglass and I recently wrote a brief reflection on the Society’s origins, goals and activities, published in Hobbes Studies 31:2 (2018). PDF
University College The Hague
Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs
Leiden University
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595 DG The Hague
The Netherlands
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